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BENRO C2282TV2 Tripod Kit Provides Stable Support for Astrophotography

 

 

 

Overall introduction

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Nowadays, photography has become a part of our life and astrophotography is attracting more and more fans for the unusually beautiful, mysterious and rarely photographed objects. For astrophotography, apart from a high sensitivity DSLR, a lightweight, high load-bearing capacity and sturdy tripod is essential. Recently, for a photography assignment, besides my Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera, SharpStar 107PH refractor telescope, I took the C2282TV2 carbon fiber tripod kit from BENRO to support my heavy gear. The following is the review about the C2282TV2 tripod kit. I hope it’s kind of help for those who are just starting out or have been dedicated to the astrophotography for a long time and are seeking a right-hand tripod.

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The C2282TV2 is the second generation of the BENRO Travel Angel range. Based on the original generation, following the features like water repellence, dust resistance, anti-shock and quick lock and release system, the optimized C2282TV2 features some new specialties. The tripod kit includes the C2282T tripod, the V2 ballhead, a wooden handle with compass, a short center column, three stainless steel spikes, a Allen key , a wrist wrap , the carry case, etc.

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The C22B2TV2 tripod kit weighs 1.84kg. When the legs are inverted and folded back 180°, the tripod kit is only 450mm long, but can be extended up to 1645mm long(with the center column extended) or 1380mm( without the center column extended). With a load capacity of 18kg, the tripod can support most of cameras. I tried to fix my camera and telescope on the tripod, it supported them steadily.

 

Exterior features

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Double safety locks QR plate

The V2 head features double safety locks QR plate system. It is needed to release the lock knob firstly, pull it outward, and then rotate it anticlockwise till release fully the clamp, if you want to remove the QR plate from the head. Someone says it’s a little complicated, but it does prevent the gear, especially heavy gear, like the astronomical telescope, from falling down suddenly and causing damage when removing the QR plate, assuring the security of gear.

The V2 ball head adopts the universal PU70 QR plate, compatible with cameras of all brands and any international standard clamp.

The hexagon and one shape screw can be rotated and locked using the included Allen key or something like penny.

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Constant damping system

The big knob with an eye-catching blue ring is BENRO’s iconic design, the constant damping system. It works by rotating the big drag control knob to set a suitable drag (according to the scale) and then locking the drag by rotating the silver disk (surrounded by the blue ring) with a penny or something slice. The outstanding feature is that we can set a wanted or suitable drag in advance according to the weight of our camera and lens, then when we mount the camera and lens on the head, it won’t happen that the gear falls down and get damaged even we don’t lock the head. It’s great, isn’t it? The other thing is that the head has a 40mm diameter ball, ranking the biggest compared with others. The elliptical ball features more excellent locking force and increases the head’s stability.

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Bubble level

The 3D bubble level on the head allows for accurate and quick horizontal camera positioning. It helps to easily adjust the equatorial mount, getting twofold results with half the effort. The rubber upper surface on the QR plate increases friction and prevent scratch by metal material.

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360°panning range

Coordinating the separate pan lock knob and base scale can make 360°horizontal camera positioning and alignment and accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated.

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Carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminum construction

The main casting is constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and the legs are made of BENRO’s original QIHM-8X carbon fiber material. The high quality material makes the tripod stable and lightweight, which is very important for astrophotography that needed to be done usually under high elevation and dry environment.

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Center column and leg angles

The legs of the C2282TV2 can be independently locked into place at 80-degree, 55-degree and 21-degree three different angles to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas or at low level.

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The center column can be inverted to enable shooting at ground level or some other angles.

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Four- section leg

The legs adopt new locking system. With only a quarter rotation of the rubberized locking grip can we release and lock the leg, plus the anti-rotation system, the tripod is not only set-up fast but also locking force increased about 20%, improving the stability.

In addition, the legs are dust resistance. The newly designed locking system offers a dust resistance shield to prevent inner lock exposure. When we release and lock the legs, the shield moves up and down to clean dust and sand, preventing them enter the tube. Compared with former design, the ability of dust resistance is increased and there is no need to clean and maintain the locking system.

 

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Rubber feet and stainless steel spike

The expanded rubber pad increases area with ground surface and the texture finish on it largely increase friction. Moreover, the included stainless spikes can be used when shooting on soft ground surface, increasing tripod’s stability. It’s a great design for astrophotography which should be taken almost all in the open air.

 

Expanded function

The same as other tripods of the Travel Angel series, the leg with blue ring and foam grip can be removed and can convert the tripod into a monopod and a walking stick.

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By removing the center column of the tripod and screwing it into the leg (with blue ring and foam grip), the tripod can convert into a full-size monopod.

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By removing the ball head and installing the included wooden knob with integrated compass and hand strap, the tripod becomes a walking stick, convenient to use in the open air.

 

Good support for astrophotography

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1  Starfiled photography

The primary stage of the astrophotography begins with the starfield photography. At the stage, a DSLR camera and a stable tripod are enough but be much better if they can work with shutter release and equatorial mount. The innovative design and high quality material of the BENRO C2282TV2 tripod kit provide the starfield photography great support.

The location of high elevation has much better astronomical seeing and transparence than the urban area. Usually, astrophiles go to the hill or mountain area to take photos and the lightweight BENRO C2282TV2 tripod can be easily carried around. Compared with tripods of other brands, the light weight is one of the BENRO’s advantages. The aircraft grade aluminum alloy construction of the main casting increases greatly the stability and strength of the tripod, making it possible to shoot with long exposure without worrying the impact of camera shaking or moving caused by the tripod legs’ expansion and contraction because of the big temperature difference between day and night.

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2  Supporting astronomical telescope

The BENRO C2282TV2 can support up to 18kg, much far than that of other brands. It allows for supporting much heavier camera and lens, for example the popular astronomical telescope and telephoto lens, being one of the best part interests stargazers.

The SHARPSTAR reflector telescope, Canon EOS 5D Mark II and some other accessories I use weighs up to 12kg. The BENRO C2282TV2 supports them very stably without any shaking.

 

Sample pictures

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The star trail was photographed with Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera, fisheye lens and BENRO C2282TV2.

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The macula was photographed by Canon EOS 5D Mark II, BENRO C2282TV2 tripod kit and SharpStar 107PH reflector telescope.

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Lunar crater photographed by BENRO C2282tv2 tripod kit, SharpStar 107PH reflector telescope and ASI130MM astronomical camera

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The Milk Way photographed by BENRO c2282tv2 tripod kit and Canon EOS 5D Mark II

 

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The Comet PANSTARRS photographed by Canon EOS 5D Mark II and BENRO C2282TV2.

 

Conclusion

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The price of the BENRO C2282TV2 tripod kit is about $352 now. For general photography, it’s usually the choice of entry-level photographers. For astrophotography, it’s definitely a good choice for its light weight, high stability and high load capacity. I strongly recommend it to friends of astrophotography photographers.

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